Private James Eddison 15/1025

Private James Eddison

Born. Hunslet, Leeds 1893.
Died of Wounds 13/7/1916.

James Eddison was the youngest son of councillor James and the late Sarah Ellen Eddison of Delmere villa, Dewsbury Road, Leeds. His father "a very public spirited man who did much good in a quiet way" was first elected as a Liberal councillor in 1910 and Alderman in 1922 where he served under Sir Charles Wilson (Another Leeds Pal) until 1926. Young James had two sisters and an older brother, he was educated at Woodhouse Grove school Apperley Bridge and Cockburn high school, Leeds, at the time of enlistment he was employed by Messrs V. Stanley Walker, auctioneers and valuers of Leeds. He enlisted with the 15th Pals battalion in September 1914 and served with them at Colsterdale, Suez and France until his transfer to the 11th battalion in mid June 1916.

When the 11th battalion was in the trenches on July 10th prior to an attack on the German front line a shell burst just behind the trench and James received a severe shrapnel wound to the right shoulder. He was taken to the 44th Casualty Clearing station Puchevillers for treatment.

A friend later wrote to his father giving the following details "we were in action when a shell burst just behind our trench and one of the fragments got him in the right shoulder, I was not near enough at the time to render my assistance but I saw that He was having attention a few minutes afterwards. We then had the order to advance so that I did not have a chance to even offer a word of comfort. I was on the way to the hospital myself a few hours later and heard that he was on the same journey. I looked for him whenever I had chance but was never successful in my efforts nor could I gather any information" the family received official notification that he had been wounded and hospitalized in France and then the news of his death from wounds on the 13th a few days later.

He is buried in the Puchevillers British cemetery, France

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